12 Images of 2016

Twelve favourite images from 2016; an unforgettable year of travel that took us to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and the Himalaya of Nepal, but begins with two shots of my home county of Yorkshire, England. In order taken … click on a the image to see the bigger picture … 1. Hole of Horcum, North…

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Lofoten Postscript 2 – Lofoten Collection

Well it’s taken seven weeks, but I’ve finally got my act together and created a collection of favourite images from our February trip to Lofoten. I can finally cross that one of the list! Click on the image of Olstind below to view the collection.    

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Lofoten Postscript 1 – Hurtigruten Customer Service

  In an unusual departure from my normal blog … From time to time I find myself in correspondence with organisations that IMHO have let me down in one way or another. How they respond sends a real signal in terms of whether they value me as a customer, and makes a difference to whether I’ll…

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The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM Travel Zoom

On our recent trip to Lofoten, Sigma asked me to check out their 18-300mm travel zoom on the SD1 Merrill. The resulting article was published on the Sigma Lounge blog at: http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/sigmalounge/lofoten-islands-richard-walls-sigma-18-300mm-c/ . It was also featured in Geographical Magazine’s newsletter, and the images were shared by Sigma Japan to all the worldwide Sigma subsidiaries.Fame at last 🙂 If you’ve not…

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Snowscapes – Lofoten Post 11

And on the fifth day it snowed … and everything was wrapped in white.   When it snows in Reine it snows. 6 inches in 3 hours, drifts up to the windows, a fresh and cold perspective. Shooting Notes Sigma cameras, post processed in SPP and Lightroom.    

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Final View – Lofoten Post 10

Our final view of Lofoten from the window of the plane that took us from Lekness to Bodo, and from there, via Oslo and Stokholm, home. And what a view! We’re already planning our return visit. Shooting Notes  3 images stitched together in Lightroom, taken with a Sigma DP3 Merrill, through a dirty airplane window…

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Shoreline – Lofoten Post 9

Six days wasn’t enough to visit a third of Loften’s beaches. Vik and Haukland we saw through the car window as we passed by on our way to Uttakliev. We planned to return but ran out of days.  Storsandnes, Eggum and Unstad, were on our list but we never got close. We put on snow spikes and hiked…

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Mountainscapes – Lofoten Post 8

Mountains. They’re what we came to Lofoten for, and it’s a good thing, because they dominate the islands. They surround you, and push you up against the beaches, lakes and sea, their shapes and moods drifting and shifting with the passing weather. Both spectacular and daunting; spectacular as around each corner was another wow moment;…

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The Classics – Lofoten Post 7

Some Lofoten classics from Moskenesøy island. You could point your camera in every direction, and there’s busloads of photographers who are, and so it’s now time to get off the beaten track …   Shooting Notes  Shots taken with a variety of Sigma cameras, some on a tripod, some not, all ISO100, all post processed in…

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Lofoten Sunrise – Lofoten Post 6

This morning’s sunrise at 7:30am, looking towards the Norwegian mainland. There’s little in the way of post processing; this is how it looked! Shooting Notes Shot using the Sigma SD1 Merrill @ ISO100, for half a second on f11.

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Agvatnet, A – Lofoten Post 4

Waking up to wind and sleet, we decided to make this a day for exploring in the car, and  headed West to A, the last stop on the E10, the main road that runs the length of the islands. In hailstones, rain and snow, we walked along A’s coastline and cliffs, and crossing the brow of a hill…

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Arctic Dawn, Lofoten Post 2

It’s our third and final day on board the MS Lofoten as we sail from Bergen to Bodo. At 7am on Monday 22nd February, 2016 we crossed the 66th Parallel,  entered the Arctic Circle, and woke to the perfect Arctic Dawn. Right on queue, the Norwegian coastline became more mountainous, more rugged and if possible, more beautiful.…

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